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The Bear’s Den: May 16, 2017

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears Talk Podcast: Talking Kevin White with WR coach Zach Azzanni - CSN Chicago - John Mullin and Chris Boden discuss Bears rookie minicamp and hear from new Bears receivers coach Zach Azzanni.

So far, so good for rookie QB Trubisky, but it’s only minicamp - Chicago Sun-Times - The quarterback-of-the-future was in the spotlight during rookie minicamp. Here are observations from the Sun-Times’ experts.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Recapping the Bears' rookie minicamp - Chicago Sun-Times - Hear from defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Bears' new WR coach and more.

Cox: Bears bring in Victor Cruz for free-agent visit - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears hosted former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on a free-agent visit Monday.

Mayer: Cohen hopes to show versatility as rookie - ChicagoBears.com - Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen takes pride in his versatility and hopes to contribute as a rusher, receiver and return specialist like he did at North Carolina A&T.

Cox: Dion Sims may be Bears’ new starting tight end - Bears Wire - Early indications are that newly signed tight end Dion Sims could be taking over as the starter ahead of Zach Miller.

Mayer: Bears ink fourth-round pick Jackson - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday signed rookie safety Eddie Jackson, a fourth-round draft pick who showed a knack for getting into the end zone on defense and special teams at Alabama.

What if the 2013 NFL Draft was held today? - Pro Football Weekly - Le'Veon Bell goes No. 1 overall to Chiefs in 2013 NFL Draft do-over

Fishbain: Former NIU RB Joel Bouagnon gets first taste of NFL life down the road at Chicago Bears rookie camp - Pro Football Weekly - Joel Bouagnon took the 75-minute drive last week from his home in St. Charles to Halas Hall, where he began the next step in his football career at Bears rookie minicamp.

Jahns: Bears excited by what Leonard Floyd can be in Year 2 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have high hopes for their 2016 first-round pick in Year 2.

Eurich: Leonard Floyd up 25 pounds from last year - 247 Sports - A new and improved Leonard Floyd is ready to take over the NFL.

Hoge and Jahns, Episode 92: Rookie Minicamp Recap Show - WGN Radio - Rookie minicamp is over and it was an entertaining (and weird) weekend at Halas Hall.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Rosenthal: No experience needed - Networks find it difficult to pass on hiring former quarterbacks - Chicago Tribune - If a veteran NFL quarterback is newly available, it's a good bet CBS, Fox, ESPN or NFL Network will reach out. No broadcast experience needed.

Patra: Carroll says Seahawks considering Kap, RGIII as backup QBs - NFL.com - The Seattle Seahawks' quarterback depth chart could use a veteran presence behind Russell Wilson. Pete Carroll said Monday that the team is looking at all options.

A look at the top NFL free agents still available - Chicago Tribune - Many of them are longer in the tooth, but these remaining NFL free agents have a wealth of experience that may end up helping someone.

Reuter: Top 50 college football players for 2017: Nos. 1-10 - NFL.com - Lamar Jackson, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, is behind only one player in Chad Reuter's ranking of college football's best talents heading into the 2017 season.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Packers’ 4th rounder LB Vince Biegel had foot surgery, likely out until training camp - Acme Packing Company - Apparently the Green Bay Packers will not have the services of the fourth-round pick until later on this summer.

Gates: Projecting The Minnesota Vikings’ Starters - Daily Norseman - Yes, it’s early, but what else do we have to do?

Western: Packers 2017 90-Man Roster Ranking: Players 90-81 - Acme Packing Company - We start counting down the Packers’ roster by looking at a group of young players and rookie free agents who are likely fighting for spots on the practice squad.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Projected 2017 Chicago Bears starting lineup - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s my prediction for the week one starting line up of the 2017 Chicago Bears.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign 4th round pick Eddie Jackson - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have three of five draft picks signed.

Zeglinski: Mitchell Trubisky’s a huge project. The Bears know there are winding turns ahead - Windy City Gridiron - In Trubisky, Chicago may have acquired a superstar quarterback in April’s draft. The Bears understand it’ll take time to see him flourish.

FANPOSTS

BearFanGFS: 53-Man Projected Roster - Windy City Gridiron - Here is a wild attempt at guessing at the what the Bears roster will look like on Opening Day.

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there'a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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